Working with Pubmed – Part 2: Favoriting Abstracts

PubMed is a large database of biomedical citations maintained by the US government. PubMed is globally accessible and aids clinicians and biomedical researchers around the world with their scientific enquiries. There are many very useful features in PubMed for refining search queries. Setting up an account with NCBI is an extremely useful option which helps you to refine, save and modify your searches as well as offering many other possibilities. The video above is another in the series on the NCBINLM (National Library of Medicine) YouTube channel. The video is just over two minutes and takes you through the process of favoriting abstracts that you have retrieved from searches.

Favoriting describes the action of labelling an abstract as a favorite and is fairly self-explanatory. Twitter users will be familiar with this term which is analogous to bookmarking in browsers. If you have entered a search query and looked at the search results the favorite option will not be immediately available (I’m assuming here that you have an account with NCBI and are logged in). As soon as you click on one of the abstracts, the favorite option will appear when the abstract is displayed separately. This makes sense as otherwise you would be favoriting all of the abstracts returned by the search.

This is one of many features available inside the NCBI account and the video illustrates some of the other strategies that this can be combined with.

Appendix – Related Resources on this Site

Working with PubMed – Part 1: Getting started with a shortcut

How to receive research paper e-mail alerts

A Video Celebrating 10 years of PubMed Central

How to improve your search results with Medline

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